Things to do in Florence
Get Your Bearings in Florence
Things to See
Very few cities in the world have access to some of the attractions and art that Florence does, whether you decide to spend your time visiting the incredible architectural feat of the Duomo or visiting the never-ending halls of the Uffizi Gallery. There's something for everyone, from viewing famous works of art to enjoying nature at the Boboli Gardens.
Avoid: Arriving at attractions right at the lunch hour since that's when they're busiest.
Hot Tips: Check the hours for the attractions you're thinking about visiting ┬-- sometimes they change with the seasons.
Where to Stay
Finding a place to stay which is perfectly priced and located in a good neighborhood is actually quite easy in Florence. Just keep in mind whether you're traveling alone or if you need a more family-friendly hotel for friends or children; there are options to suit all needs and preferences. If you can afford the rate, try to choose a location that's close to all the main attractions.
Caution: Rooms are often small, so keep in mind that they might be crowded if there are more than two to a room.
What to Eat
There's a reason Tuscan cuisine is so well-known and praised. Florence has some of the most delicious food you'll find in Italy. Whether you have an appetite for some homestyle food for the family or you're looking for something a bit more upscale for a date night, you're sure to find it somewhere within the city.
Avoid: Restaurants right by the main tourist sites, as they're often more expensive.
Be Sure to Sample: A pizza in one of the family-owned restaurants.
Places to Party
Florence has a plethora of options for however you'd like to spend your evenings (or late nights). A large student population makes clubbing a popular way to spend a weekend, but there are also some wonderful locations for happy hour or aperitivo. The city is a great place to be if you're inclined to dance until the wee hours of the morning or just hang at the bar with some friends.
Hot Tips: Cabs offer reduced fares for women alone at night.
Where to Shop
Florence offers some fantastic souvenirs for you to bring home to your family and friends, but the city also offers some world-class shopping for women and men. Think about taking a stroll down Via Tornabuoni; they have places, like Gucci and Versace, for those who like to dress their absolute best.
Best Local Souvenir: Search for some limoncello at the Mercato Centrale.